Pompey serve up win at Wimbledon

Luke Rodgers celebrates his first-half opener
Luke Rodgers celebrates his first-half opener
Sonny Bradley, right, will face his old side this weekend. Picture: Joe Pepler

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Pompey ignored the ongoing uncertainty surrounding the future of the club as they continued their pre-season preparations with a 2-0 win at AFC Wimbledon.

First-half goals from Luke Rodgers and Liam Walker sealed the victory as Michael Appleton’s side continue to improve with each game.

In a bright first half, Pompey took the lead in the 12th minute when Rodgers made the most of some poor communication at the back from their hosts.

Latching on to Jon Harley’s long ball, he nipped in and ran the ball into an empty net, with the goalkeeper and defender left staring at each other to work out what had gone wrong.

And with the early goal behind them, Appleton’s side then bossed the rest of the half and made their dominance tell when Walker curled home a lovely finish to make it 2-0.

Izale McLeod made inroads down the left channel and floated over a deep cross to Liam Lawrence.

He then teed up the triallist from Gibraltar, who produced a cultured finish to find the top corner with his left foot.

Pompey were not as fluent after the break in front of a big travelling support once again, and the Dons should have pulled themselves back into the game as substitute keeper Simon Eastwood pulled off some decent saves.

But after weathering the storm in the early part of the second half, Pompey regained control and saw out a relatively comfortable success.

It now remains to be seen how the battle for the club’s existence pans out over the coming days.